Peter and the Starcatcher to Close on Broadway
Fairytales may be immortal but dreams do not last forever. This one, while bittersweet, does end happily ever after in some sense. Back in 2003 when Disney Theatrical first pioneered the idea and project behind Peter and the Starcatcher, they never would have thought this piece would go on to be an Off-Broadway sensation and later move to Broadway winning some of theatre’s biggest awards. And while this has been quite a ride to Neverland for some people, the end of this journey has come. Luner on Theatre brings you the sad news today of Peter and the Starcatcher closing on Broadway come January 2013.
Peter and the Starcatcher is the story of Neverland you never got to experience. How did Peter Pan become the Boy Who Never Grew Up? The story provides a background look into Peter Pan before he was even known as the legendary character and serves as a prequel to the famous story of Peter and Wendy which we all know and love. While the show is a play, it does feature some music used throughout.
Peter and the Starcatcher opened Off-Broadway in March 2011 to critical acclaim. The show premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop where it ended up extending its run twice. Before the show had even closed, rumors of a Broadway run were circulating. The show ended up transferring to Broadway in the Spring of 2012 where it began previews March 28th, 2012 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The show officially opened there officially April 15th, 2012 to another round of praise from the press and media. The show went on to receive a large number of awards including 5 Tony Awards for 2012. This was the most Tony Awards won by any play from the 2011-2012 season. Peter and the Starcatcher received Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design, Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Design and Best Sound Design. Also, Christian Borle received a Tony Award for his performance as Black Stache.
Lead producer Nancy Gibbs said the following in a statement when announcing the show’s closing;
“All of us involved with this show are extremely proud of its remarkable run on Broadway. When this journey began nearly ten years ago, the path to Broadway seemed all but impossible to traverse. Well, not only did we make it, but we’ve enjoyed every unlikely and wonderful step along the way.”
The show will officially close on Broadway January 20th, 2013.
Currently, the cast of Peter and the Starcatcher features Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (Merrily We Roll Along, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Les Miserables) as Molly, Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal, Rent) as Peter, Matthew Saldivar (Grease, The Wedding Singer) as Black Stache. The ensemble features Teddy Bergman (Seven Minutes in Heaven), Arnie Burton (The 39 Steps), Matt D’Amico (Fizz), Kevin Del Aguila (Jacques Brel…), Carson Elrod (Reckless), Greg Hildreth (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), David Rossmer (Don’t Quit Your Night Job), Betsy Hogg (Fiddler on the Roof), Orville Mendoza (Pacific Overtures), Jason Ralph (All’s Well That Ends Well) and John Sanders (Mamma Mia!)
The production features a book by Tony Award winner Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family) based on the novel by Barry and Pearson as previously mentioned. The production was staged by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers and Tony winner Roger Rees(The Addams Family, Nicholas Nickleby). Songs featured in the production are by Wayne Barker with musical direction by Marco Paguia. Tony Award nominee Stephen Hoggett (American Idiot, Black Watch, Once) creates the movement for the production.
If you don’t get the chance to see Peter and the Starcatcher before it closes on Broadway in January, have no fear! Neverland may be coming right to your home town in a National Tour of the production launching in August 2013! Of course, you can always check back to Luner on Theatre for more information on that. For more information, check out Peter and the Starcatcher’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!